This is the bikini season, family! But moving your body is not all to make yourself look beautiful, but to clear your mind, become stronger, and take care of yourself. After a hard morning workout with my coach, I began to revel in the sense of accomplishment brought by muscle soreness and the mental tick next to my daily exercise. Usually after leaving my course, I will sweat, be happy (occasionally angry at my coach Mr. Darryl Gregory) and hungry. Somewhere between the high-five Darryl and the entrance to my front door, my stomach started rumbling. The first stop will be a shower. The second stop? kitchen.
If you are like me, after sweating profusely, you feel that you need to fill your stomach, but you don’t want to cancel all the work you just did in the gym. In order to reward yourself and align with your health plan, it is important to eat snacks after exercise to help replenish cells and provide energy to the body. Here are 7 nutritious options that will make you feel as good as the endorphins craze after completing that killer bike course.
Blue Chia Seed Pudding
This is a healthy choice, and it brings about my current obsession: adaptive herbs. You can prepare breakfast or snacks quickly the night before. Pour ¼ cup of chia seeds and 1 cup of oat milk into a mason jar. Then add 1 teaspoon maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder, 2 teaspoons tocos powder and 1/2 teaspoon blue spirulina. Mix it and put it in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Then serve the chia pudding with fruit and a little honey.
A bowl of oatmeal is an important source of carbohydrates and protein. Sprinkle dates, chia seeds, berries and a little honey on top as a healthy and full post-workout snack.
After high-intensity exercise, your body often becomes inflamed. Take a smoothie with frozen bananas, berries, agave, water, and add 1 inch of turmeric as a refreshing anti-inflammatory drink after exercise.
Apple slices with almond butter
This nourishing snack combines the sweetness of fruits and the saltiness of almond butter to supplement your body with healthy protein and fat.
Whole Wheat Avocado Toast
You don’t have to tell me to eat avocado toast twice. When I find it is beneficial for energy and nutrition after exercise, I think it will be one of my top choices. Intake of a healthy proportion of carbohydrates and protein helps restore nutrition and repair muscle tissue, so this combination is ideal after exercise.
Avocado Banana Green Smoothie
Mix frozen bananas, ½ avocado, 1 cup of green leafy vegetables, 1 scoop of protein powder, and ¾ cup of almond milk in a blender to make a smoothie rich in protein and vitamins. You can also add flax or chia seeds and adaptogen powder to better promote health.
Berry Greek Yogurt
I often like to make a small bowl of plain Greek yogurt with raspberries, blueberries and a little honey. It provides amino acids and contains a lot of protein.
Don’t forget to be active for at least 20 minutes a day, drink plenty of water, and keep smiling.